Jul 5, 2017
British Goblins: Welsh Folk Lore, Fairy
Mythology, Legends and Traditions (1881)
Book 1 Chapter 5
Changelings among Welsh fairies. Stories of the Plentyn-newid, or Changelings, among Welsh Fairies. Methods of exorcising the Changeling child, the Frugal Meal, the story of Dewi Dal and the Fairies, and how mothers can sometimes stop the Fairies kidnapping their child!
Names Used in this Section
All proper names, and words in Welsh or other languages, are recorded here in the show-notes and we've done our best to get the pronounciations right for you.
Edmund John William
Prince of Anhalt
Gwcljz vi ken guelet iar wenn,
Gwcljz mez ken gwelet gwezen.
Gweljz mez ha gweliz gwial,
Gweliz derven e Koat Brezal,
Biskoaz na weliz kemend all.
Gweliz mez ken gwelet derven,
Gweliz vi ken gwelet iar wenn,
Erioez ne wiliz evelhenn
[Keightley, 'Fairy Mythology']
cyn gweled derwen;
Gweiais wy cyn gweled iâr
Erioed ni welais ferwi bwyd i fedel
Mewn plisgyn wy iár!
Rev. T. R. Lloyd (Estyn), in 'The Principality'
Henderson, 'Notes on the Folk-Lore of the Northern Counties'
Doolittle's 'Social Life of the Chinese'
Jennet Francis struggles with the fairies for her baby
A Shout of Thanks to
We'd like to send out a huge shout of thanks to Dom Duff, the famous Breton Power-Folk musician for his help with the Breton Language (Breizh) pronunciation in this chapter. You can find out all about Dom and hear his super music on his website!
British Goblins can be found on Sacred Texts.
You can find out more about Wirt Sikes on Wikipedia.